Study in Hong Kong

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Getting a degree in Hong Kong

Hong Kong provides quite many opportunities for high quality higher education. Over the years the prime focus of the government has been set to upholding academic freedom for any person willing to study in Hong Kong.

This also includes respecting the autonomy of institutions, supporting collaborations, and promoting academic exchanges. In this way, Hong Kong has attracted many students with valuable talents.

All the effort is being put towards positioning Hong Kong’s universities as a regional hub of high-class education. Many world-renown universities and quality education institutions here offer a diverse range of higher education programs. What you get out of being a student here, is a broad knowledge base, ability of critical thinking, creative approach in solving problems, as well as the ability to work independently. This combination of study qualities creates a very strong portfolio to consider for aspiring students of Hong Kong’s universities. Getting an education in one of the Hong Kong’s universities could be a turning point in your life.

 

Higher education system

For those, who wish to get a higher education after secondary school, the government provides multiple possibilities. One of the most common ways is to enroll in a bachelor’s degree program in a university. Another possibility is to choose to study in sub-degree programs, with an opportunity to later study in top-up degree programs. This path will let you obtain undergraduate qualifications.

Apart from these options, one can also choose to enroll in sub-degree university programs. A wide range of options is available for aspiring students. What's even more is that one can choose to continue studying in postgraduate university programs after finishing undergraduate studies.

The quality of Hong Kong’s universities is one of a kind. There are 17 local degree-awarding education institutions in Hong Kong. Three of them are ranked in the world’s top 50 universities. Along with this achievement, Hong Kong’s universities are amongst the top 10 universities in Asia. One such example is the University of Hong Kong. It is one of the oldest educational institutions in Hong Kong. All the programs here are taught either in English or Chinese. This university covers many programmes. Some of them are architecture, dentistry, business, economics, and social sciences.

 

How to enroll

Institutions in Hong Kong are autonomous in student enrollment. This means that admission requirements may vary between all of the higher education institutions. Some universities will ask you to attend an interview, others won’t. In general, it is a good idea to carefully read the provided information from a particular university you want to enroll in. To get further advice or clarification, you can contact the institution.

Overall, the main documents that are needed to enroll in a university in Hong Kong are the following.

  • Graduation certificate from secondary school;
  • Proof of satisfactory results in Leaving or Aptitude exams;
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) for the ones, that don’t have English as their mother tongue.

 

To get more information, contact the admission office of the university you are interested in.

 

Tuition fees

The tuition fee will vary depending on your level of study as well as the program and the university you are applying to. Of course, you will have other study-related expenses like course materials, examination fee, etc. To understand how much this might cost you, we will also give you approximate expenses for studies and living both.

Normal ranges of these expenses (in US $) for studying in Hong Kong per year are the following:

  • Tuition fee is around 11’500$ to 34’000$;
  • Accommodation (hostel) is around 1,900$ to 5,800$;
  • Accommodation (rental flat) is around 12’600$ to 23’000$;
  • Other living expenses are around 6’400$.

 

Of course, keep in mind that you might have other expenses that are hard to predict. For this reason, it is always a good idea to calculate extra amount in the approximate expenses you will have as a student in Hong Kong.

 

Getting a visa

Once you are accepted in your desired university, you will have to get a study visa. All students that are non-local will need one. Normally, you will have to provide the following documents or their copies to the Immigration Department:

  • ID995A application (for entry for study in Hong Kong);
  • A recent photograph of you;
  • Valid travel document;
  • Letter of acceptance in university;
  • Proof of accommodation;
  • Proof of financial support.

 

The approximate time it will take to process your application should be around six weeks. Of course, it is best if you do it as soon as you know that you have been accepted as a student at a university.

 

Summary

With continuous changes for improvements, Hong Kong is one of the best places to study in. It offers a wide range of universities and other higher education programs to choose from. If you are an aspiring student looking for the best of the best, it is a guarantee that you will find a higher education program that will suit your interests. The universities that are available to choose from, are of top-class and will give you a quality higher education if you get accepted. This will also open many possibilities for you in further life.

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